Crafting A Psychopath

In case you’re thinking it this isn’t actually my personal origin story. Insert Bane quote here about you merely adopting psychopathic tendencies while I was born with them. However I do have to take a few steps back to briefly mention that when I finally published my first book, The Sorrow, two years ago it was intended to be a deconstruction of a hero. I wanted to take a sort of clichéd premise and write something interesting with it.

While I’m happy with the result despite an average-ish opinion of it from me, numerous shortcomings and things I would absolutely do differently given a second chance (and that’s the beauty of writing), I always felt that my goal with my next book would be to better capture my own voice and identity as a writer, and ultimately differentiate myself.

That’s part of what attracted me to the idea of reversing core themes in my first book to create something darkly written – excuse the pun – and closer to the kind of thing people have expected of me over the years.

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Artists, Be Rid Of Your Fear Of Judgment

We all want to be liked by others, or perhaps more accurately we’d all like some kind of validation from other people. Whether or not you care much for other people, it’s almost an inherent desire that we want to be noticed. Yet, contradictory to that notion for many is that some are afraid of being noticed, nine times out of ten because there is a fear of being judged or ridiculed by other voices. As a person, let alone an artist, this is a dangerous barrier to not only personal growth, but to expressing yourself freely. And it’s my belief that as an artist you absolutely cannot stand to be afraid of judgment or let the feelings and whims of others dictate your desire to express your art.

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Is Attachment To Your Characters A Weakness?

In life we know that letting go is one of the most difficult things you can do. As it is in reality, so too is that truth relevant in fiction. We become attached to other people or objects, whether real or not. We become invested in characters and stories we’ve followed for a long time. Sometimes that emotional investment clouds our perceptions, and other times it results in us not wanting a certain world to close or story to end, even when a conclusion is perhaps a necessity, or the overall quality of what we’re enjoying has certainly taken a nose dive. We are ultimately beings of intimate emotion and tangible feelings, striving for connection. But is there a point where this need for attachment becomes too much in the creative process? Is there a point where it begins to harm your narrative, and becomes a weakness? Or is it a writer’s strength in bringing their characters to life?

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The Road To Progress Is Paved With Self-Honesty

Honesty is a strange thing in the sense that it’s often far less difficult to practice it with others than yourself. Being truthful is a good quality, there’s no doubt about that, but I would argue that the ability to be self-honest is a great one. I’m of the belief (however idealistic) that true progress in both your ability and personal growth should be grounded in this trait, rather than excuses or cushioning words to soften harsh truths. Reality needs to be faced, and not sent away into a dark corner because it’s not pretty to look at.

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“Don’t Criticise If You Can’t Do Better” Is A Stupid Argument

We live in a world that is ripe with hostility, especially when it comes to dealing with different opinions. At least that’s what the internet will have you believe. Don’t get me wrong I love a good debate, even a heated one, because sometimes passion for the subject matter overrules calm and collected banter. And it’s more exciting. But sometimes people do it wrong, and eventually someone gets tired enough of something they love getting criticised that they throw out the clichéd argument of “let’s see you do better if you’re so quick to criticise.” This sadly is a stupid argument.

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The Genres I Dream To Write In

If you’ve been around this blog or seen me on Twitter or even just spoken to me, you’d know that I have no desire presently to be typecast. What that means is, I don’t particularly want to stick to any one genre. I know that unfortunately makes it hard to ‘brand’ myself, you know, as that crime writer guy or that horror dude. But the truth is, I just have too much ambition and dreams to write in so many different genres that for the foreseeable future I can’t be tied down to just one. My debut novel, The Sorrow, was a crime thriller, and that genre just resonated with me as my first venture into actually writing a book. However, the future is looking quite colourful and diversified indeed.

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Never Get Disheartened By A Lack Of Results As An Artist

It’s a well-established thing that for any individual artist, starting from scratch is one mountain of a job that unless your lucky stars are shining and you get a viral explosion, it’s pretty much slow moving, time consuming and often yields a lack of results. I apologise if I mainly focus on writers, but that’s what I am so it’s pretty difficult not to.

I keep coming back to this, but the primary problem of indie – in anything, whether it be gaming, books, music and so on – is volume. The internet allows anyone from anywhere to contribute their work. That makes it especially hard to get noticed, and a massive challenge to get your work out there. It absolutely requires sheer determination and drive to keep reaching out to people and trying to get feedback on your novel. It seriously takes perseverance.

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